Massively Overthinking: Our MMO resolutions for 2019

    
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This week, for our first Massively Overthinking of 2019, I’ve asked the Massively OP writers to share their gaming resolutions or their basic MMO goals for the year. Won’t you join us?

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): For my New Year’s resolution, I want to make at least two strong connections with other players this year. Not like be best friends, but at least hang out and do something non-gaming related. That means either take offline friends online or vice versa.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): I don’t usually do resolutions – or rather, I don’t like using the beginning of the year as a crutch for them. But I do have plans for 2019: I’d like to both keep enjoying myself in games that I actually like and continue at least trying new things, even more new games than I tried this year! It doesn’t and shouldn’t be either/or!

Last year, my goal was to claw back some work/life balance and work less on the site because overworking just meant I’d finish 10 hours of writing and reading about MMOs and be too pooped to actually play. I’m a workaholic and pretty much failed at that goal, which impacts my getting to play new things, so I will definitely keep on trying to make that happen too.

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): This resolution is a bit like one I had made on my personal blog a while back, but I feel it still bears repeating for another year: I resolve to open myself to the sandbox MMO. I still am a very soft sheep when it comes to my playstyle preferences and I often gravitate to pastoral or crafting pursuits in games like this, but I also want to make a concerted effort to connect with more people in these worlds. To really embroil myself in the community and help make any of these universes grow. In short, I’d like to be a star in the galaxy.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): For my MMO resolutions, I resolve to play Final Fantasy XIV. Hey, look, I’m succeeding!

What? Ugh, fine.

All joking aside, I’m generally not big on New Year’s resolutions simply because if I noticed something about my current life I’m unhappy with, I’d rather address it immediately than at the turn of the year. Moreover, somewhat ironically, my biggest resolution would be actually an MMO resolution that involves playing fewer games. Which is also directly at odds with some of my earlier resolutions from previous years, but comes about as a result of me realizing that while I do love enjoying a lot of what any given game has to offer… well, I love to enjoy a lot of what any given game has to offer. Top to bottom.

That means that as tempting as it can be to check out new titles and see what they have to recommend them, there’s just not the time in the day to really dive deep into multiple games. When there are games I already know I love with so much more as yet unexplored (there’s still stuff I have yet to accomplish in Final Fantasy XI, for example), it behooves me to spend more time and effort really unpacking the stuff in my chosen games, or taking advantage of the many single-player games I’ve often put on the back burner. Especially since playing more non-MMOs produces a broader perspective on games and gives more ideas about how to improve this genre in the process if you’re paying attention.

Also, I’d really like to have all of my FFXIV characters at the level cap before the end of the year, because there’s no more space for alts on my main server. That helps too, right?

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): I’d like to be trying out some new MMOs and really giving them a decent shot rather than a one night stand. I’ve come to realize that many games require several sessions of play before they click, and I’m often not giving them that much of a chance.

MJ Guthrie (@MJ_Guthrie, blog): I will be continuing with my goals I set during the year, such as doing more personal play and streaming (and not all work related!). With the big change that happened in my life this past summer, I can’t play whenever I want so I have to be very conscious of my time again; I can’t just jump in, I actually need to plan for it! SO I am going to plan for it. I also haven’t been able to really roleplay any, which I really miss, and I only do that during personal play time. It’s a way to be involved in interactive storytelling/writing and I love it. I miss it. I crave it! I have a project in Shroud of the Avatar that I really want to devote more time to that will help there. maybe 2019 will be the year my ultimate guild idea can finally come to pass! Looking on the horizon, I think only Dual Universe has the chance for that. Oh, and I am determined to finally finish decorating a house in EverQuest II! I am sure I will have other goals as the year goes on, but I make smaller ones as I go.

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Sean Barfoot

Maybe I’ll finally get out of Solomon Island in TSW Legends. But multiple characters across multiple attempts to do so suggests perhaps not. Still, we live in hope.

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rafael12104

Heh. My new years’ resolution is not to give EA or Activision any of my hard earned cash unless they show me they are changing there ways.

Unreasonable? Nah. Living in a fantasy world? Maybe.

I’ll be tested soon enough.

Alyn
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Alyn

comment image I hope to be playing more LotRO this year!

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Mordyjuice

My resolution would be to start playing an MMO again, how ever I figure playing heavily modded versions of ES3 ES4 and ES5 might suck up all of 2019.

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Polyanna

I resolve that this year I will play only one MMO. All year. Since I’ve already logged into STO a few times to finish up the holiday event, it looks like that will be the one.

I think this will be an easy one to keep since I got a Switch for Christmas that came with Zelda, Skyrim, and Diablo. Obviously I’m late to the party with those last two, which I somehow managed to avoid ever playing on PC.

Any time I do turn on my old gaming rig now, it’s for either 5 minutes of daily chores in STO, or yet another playthrough of the Mass Effect 1/2/3. If Cryptic manages to do something interesting with STO this year like a Temporal Recruit rerun, I might get back into it for real. Otherwise, I’m finding little or nothing in MMO land to pull me away from other things.

We’ll see if Torchlight Frontiers is enough temptation for me to buckle though.

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PanagiotisLial1

They should had included a temporal recruit event with the launch of Discovery

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Pandalulz

I didn’t really think about it during the Grind the other day, but I guess my resolution might be to spend more time playing games, and less time reading about games. Mobile malaise has crept so far into my life at this point, that even when I sit down in front of a TV or my PC, I still just open a browser and mindlessly sift through stuff instead of actually picking a game or movie and being productive in that downtime (productive in the loosest sense of the word I guess).

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PanagiotisLial1

The main problem is like so much MMOs I often can overdo it trying more and more out of excitement to see what is out there. Since I first started playing MMOs(MUDs and MOs included since the first years having 100-150 players in a server meant server cap for some games anyways) the first 11 years I was trying only 2-3 new mmos in addition to a main one.

Last 10 years this had turned to up to 15+ per year while keeping 1-3 semi-stable games. That gives you a broad idea of what is out there but doesnt help to fully experience those mmos you liked the most, nor lets you to become a real member of each game’s community, so I had been gradually controlling it starting from second half of 2018, so, I am in process of deciding 3 mmos(its hard cause there is like 6-7 I liked too much but 3 is the absolute max with my free time if I want to really experience them in depth and not just try out) and stick to them.

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Utakata

I said this in a Daily Grind on a similar subject of recent: I’ll try to be a better person. Depending how things will pan out in doing so could afford me less time for MMO’s. My pigtails and I shall see though. :)

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Java Jawa

Once a week or two do something nice for someone else. Maybe just asking, can I help you with anything.

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Greaterdivinity

Same “resolution” every year. Try to be nice to others on the internet and in the games I play.

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Utakata

You should try trolling for a year once. To add to the variety of “spice” in your life… >.>